Jamie Mitchell, the former U-19 cricketer has filed rape charges on an undisclosed team official. According to Mitchell, the incident happened in 1985 when the Australia U-19 visited India and Sri Lanka. Nick Hockley, the CEO of Cricket Australia said that they admire the courage of the former cricketer to disclose the details of the event.
“We acknowledge and applaud the courage of Jamie Mitchell in speaking out about his experience,” the governing body said in a statement, adding that it was “fully assisting” a police probe.
The team official who was named in the ABC report has denied the allegations laid by Jamie Mitchell who said that the tour instead of being the high point of his life, caused him trauma and distress. Former cricketer Greg Chappel was the national selector when the incident happened and has asked Cricket Australia to deal with the allegations instead of protecting the organization.
“It was a shocking revelation. I would have hoped nothing like that had happened, but realism tells you that other areas of life have seen that sort of thing go on,” said Chappel
What happened to Jamie Mitchell during the 1985 India and Sri Lanka tour?
According to the reports, Mitchell felt ill and therefore went to a doctor who injected him with a strong sedative. Mitchell says that he was unconscious for almost ten hours during which a senior team official assaulted him. The rest of the U-19 cricketers were reportedly told during that time not to check upon him.
Past traumatic events have lately emerged in the limelight as several players have come forth and revealed the wrongdoing that happened to them. A couple of months back, Azeem Rafiq, the Yorkshire cricketer revealed that he was racially abused by several high-profile names of the English Cricket including the likes of Michael Vaughan
Then there was the SJN report in Cricket South Africa which concluded that the likes of Graeme Smith, Mark Boucher, and A B Deveiliers were involved in racial prejudice against certain players and administrative people.